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Giants vs. Patriots, 'Kudos & Wet Willies' Review

Reviewing who played well and who did not for the Giants on Thursday night.

Israel Idonije after one of his two sacks
Israel Idonije after one of his two sacks
Jeff Zelevansky

Let's get right to the traditional 'Kudos & Wet Willies' review of the New York Giants performance in Thursday's 16-13 victory over the New England Patriots.


Zack Bowman -- Had an interception, and lost a second one due to a ridiculously nit-picky illegal contact call. Bowman also does a tremendous job as a gunner in punt coverage.

Peyton Hillis -- Carried 11 times for 40 yards in his first action since injuring his foot and ankle in the Hall of Fame Game.

Andre Williams -- A 38-yard run in which he was running through tackles

Weston Richburg/John Jerry -- Richburg and Jerry, the Giants' new starting guards, both played into the third quarter. More importantly, both played well. Jerry made a brilliant block to help Andre Williams run for 38 yards on 4th-and-1, impressive because Jerry's reputation is that he is a better pass blocker than run blocker. Richburg appeared to hold up well in pass protection and did an excellent job creating a space for Peyton Hillis to dive through for a touchdown on fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line.

Steve Weatherford -- The guy has absolutely kicked the snot out of the ball the entire preseason, and that continued on Thursday night.

Kelcy Quarles -- The undrafted free agent defensive tackle played with great energy and enthusiasm. He pushed the pocket a bit and was a presence against the run. It seems unlikely there is a spot on the 53-man roster for Quarles, but he should get one of the 10 practice squad spots.

Kendall Gaskins/Michael Cox -- I'm not sure there is room on the 53-man roster for either guy, but both ran hard in their final preseason showcases. Gaskins had eight carries for 41 yards (5.1 per carry) and Cox nine for 36 (4.0 per carry).

Israel Idonije -- The 11-year veteran made his case for a roster spot with a pair of second-half sacks.

Josh Brown -- Simply for making the game-winning 37-yard field goal and not forcing anyone to be subjected to an overtime no one wanted any part of.

Wet Willies

Rueben Randle -- Coughlin called Randle mis-communication with Eli Manning the worst play of the night. "We're all tired of hearing that," head coach Tom Coughlin said. "There's no place for that." Randle also dropped a pass. Will Randle ever be dependable enough to be a primary weapon in the Giants offense?

Jayron Hosley -- Awful in coverage Thursday night, just like he has been throughout the preseason. Muffed a punt. Seems headed toward getting cut once his four-game suspension ends.